When the temperature dips in December,
bring out your ice skates for some outdoor skating!
Skating is a form of movement on ground or on ice. There are a few form of skating, including:
  • Ice skating: leather skates with blades are worn to move on ice surfaces. Ice skating can be practiced as a form of recreation or sport in the form of figure skating or ice hockey.
  • In-line skating or roller skating, rollerblading: skates with disc-shaped wheels are worn to move on ground surfaces. Rollerblading is a form of transportation, in addition to hobby.
  • Skateboarding: a board with wheels on which one stands to move on ground surfaces. Skateboarding is a form of transportation, in addition to hobby.



Skating provides great exercise and it is beneficial to your health because it:
  • is good for weight control - regular skating burns about 6 calories a minute, or 360 calories an hour. Regular skating turns fat into muscle.
  • will increase your cardiovascular and respiratory endurance
  • will improve balance and coordination



What you will need before you skate:
  • skates (ice, rollerblade, roller skate, or skateboard)
  • protective gear such as a helmet, wrist guards, knee and shoulder pads



Your municipality’s Parks and Recreation Unit offers
  • ice skating lessons
  • skateboard parks to practice board tricks and skateboarding
  • as well as public skating hours at indoor and outdoor skating rinks. Check your Parks and Recreation guide for rink locations and admission fees, if applicable.
  • There are designated trails for rollerbladers to skate on in public spaces.
There are also indoor in-line skating rinks and ice skating rinks in activity facilities in the city (that are not owned by the municipality), such as Scooter’s Roller Palace in Mississauga and Rinx in Toronto.